Announcing Milk & Cake’s 2020-2021 Poets!

Congratulations to our new poets, and to those on the shortlists, and thank you to all poets who submitted manuscripts.


Megan Leonard, book of lullabies

Dena Rod, Scattered Arils

Shortlisted books

Saida Agostini, Just Let the Dead In

Danielle Bero, Acapella Mixtape

John Jeffire, A Temple for Tomorrows

Leah Claire Kaminski, Live Oak Nearly on Fire

Raegen Pietrucha, Head of A Gorgon


Sarah Nichols, Hexenhaus

Yamini Pathak, Atlas of Lost Places

Joanna Thomas, Blue-bird (bloo-burd)

Shortlisted chapbooks

Ilse Griffin, (Dis/re)member

Danielle Hark, Last Strand

Jesse Wolfe, En Route

Bird Wild by Dameion Wagner

This collection centers on the long illness and decline of a mother and the emotional challenges and fractures among her family. Visually and sonically inventive, these poems use the loneliness of rural Ohio roads, the disturbing environment of a nursing home, and  the suffocation of working class life to set the eerie mood. Click here.